xxiii, 249 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -239) and index.
Foreword: Press Secretaries Are Historical Figures / Marlin Fitzwater -- Foreword: The First Woman Press Secretary / Dee Dee Myers -- Preface: The Life of a Press Secretary / Woody Klein -- Introduction. The White House Press Secretary: "After the Presidency Itself, The Toughest Job in the White House" -- Ch. 1. Hot War -- Ch. 2. Cold War -- Ch. 3. Presidential Scandals -- Ch. 4. Domestic Crises -- Ch. 5. Domestic Controversies -- Ch. 6. Global Issues.
"This is the first volume to chronicle the story of the evolution of the symbiotic relationship between presidential press secretaries and reporters who covered White House news from Franklin Delano Roosevelt through and including George W. Bush. The book reveals how the presidential press secretary's role has evolved from old-fashioned public relations into a smooth-working system of releasing news and responding to reporters' questions at daily briefings in order to portray the president in the best possible light."--BOOK JACKET.